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ASIA to release new studio album

HOLLYWOOD, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- The British progressive rock group ASIA has announced plans to release its first new studio album in 25 years.

Today in Music: a look back at pop music

The weekly UPI Today in Music package for March 29-April 4.
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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

Today's birthdays include Rolf Harris, who had a hit in 1963 with the novelty tune "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport," was born in 1930 (age 73); Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge in 1944 (age 59); Eric Clapton in 1945 (age 58); Turtles guitarist Dave Ball in 19
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Today-in-Music: a look back at pop music

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Today in Music: a look back at pop music

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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include Vic Damone, who was born in 1928 (age 74); Chick Corea and Roy Harper, both in 1941 (age 61); Reg Presley of the Troggs in 1943 (age 59); Atlantic Rhythm Section guitarist Barry Bailey in 1948 (age 54); bassist John Wetto
By United Press International

Today in Music: A look back at pop music

Today's musical birthdays include the late Howlin' Wolf, whose real name was Chester Burnett, born in 1910; the late Judy Garland in 1922; Shirley Alston of the Shirelles in 1941 (age 61); Wizzard bassist Rick Price in 1944 (age 58); Procol Harum keyboard
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Today in Music: A look back at pop music

This is the Today in Music advance package, June 8 through June 14.
By United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 30) Today's birthdays include Rolf Harris, who had a hit in 1963 with the novelty tune "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport," was born in 1930 (age 72); Moody Blues drummer Graeme Edge in 1944 (age 58); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International

Today In Music: A look back at pop music

(March 30) Today's birthdays include Rolf Harris, who had a hit in 1963 with the novelty tune "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport," was born in 1930 (age 72); ...
PENNY NELSON BARTHOLOMEW, United Press International
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John Wetton of Asia performs at the House of Blues in Las Vegas on March 29, 2008. The progressive rock band is touring in support of their comeback album "Phoenix". (UPI Photo/Daniel Gluskoter)
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John Kenneth Wetton (born 12 June 1949) is an English singer, bass guitarist and guitarist.

Born in Willington, Derbyshire, Wetton grew up in Bournemouth, Dorset. He has been a professional singer/songwriter/musician since the late 1960s as a member of such progressive rock bands as Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson (working with childhood friend Robert Fripp), Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry band, Uriah Heep, UK and Wishbone Ash. Wetton found worldwide fame in 1982 with the band Asia, whose self-titled debut album sold millions and became Billboard magazine's #1 album of 1982.

Wetton has achieved an original bass guitar sound utilising a 1961 Fender Precision Bass amplified through tubes. The sound is overdriven and very aggressive. This style and approach was particularly evident during his stint with King Crimson from 1972 until 1974. Known initially for his powerful bass guitar sound, Wetton's vocal and songwriting abilities garnered attention with his work in the band Asia in the early 1980s. Early recorded highlights of Wetton's career include King Crimson's Larks' Tongues In Aspic (1973), Starless and Bible Black (1974), Red (1974), UK's self-titled album (1978) (reuniting the King Crimson rhythm section of Wetton and Bill Bruford) and Asia's self-titled album (1982), the last being the biggest seller of his career. In 1986 he contributed also to Phenomena II and had a #1 hit with the single "Did It All For Love" in South America. Since the early 1990s, Wetton has released four solo albums (Voice Mail/Battle Lines, Arkangel, Sinister/Welcome to Heaven, and Rock of Faith), and a number of live recordings from his solo tours around the world. Wetton also created the ICON project with fellow Asia bandmate Geoff Downes. The duo recorded two studio albums of original material (ICON and ICON II/Rubicon) and one live album (Never in a Million Years) from their ICON European tour.

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